Monday, October 20, 2014
Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s Week 6 of my 11th transfer…my mission is quickly coming to an end! Next Monday at 7 in the morning, we will have our Transfer Conference. That’s when they announce our new companions, assignments, PDays, etc. I will still have PDay next Monday so when I email next week, I can tell you all the details of my last transfer!
Well this week has just flown by. As zone leaders, we have the opportunity to “pass off” the new sisters in our zone. That means, my companion and I pretend to be someone else (not a missionary basically) and we have the new sister and her trainer contact us and take us on a tour around Temple Square. I guess you could say it’s like a test. We only have 2 new sisters in our zone, but it was fun to see what it’s like from a visitor’s perspective instead of being the missionary taking others around. It also helped me realize how important it is that we as missionaries follow the promptings of the Spirit. When we take people on a tour at Temple Square, we don’t know them at all! We usually have a diverse group of people with very different needs. Well, Heavenly Father knows His children best and He knows exactly what they need. As a missionary, we really need to learn to recognize how Heavenly Father communicates with us. Learning to recognize the Spirit is like learning a new language – it’s not easy and it requires a lot of work. I think on my mission, it’s easier to listen to the Spirit because there are less distractions. But I know that if we have been baptized and confirmed as a member of Christ’s true church, we are promised to always have His Spirit with us! It doesn’t matter if we are set apart as missionaries. We as members of the Church must do all we can to strive to live worthy to have the Spirit with us because that is one of the biggest blessings our Heavenly Father has given us.
I have a quick story that I want to share with you all that hopefully will help you recognize your importance as a member of the Church. I met a girl on chat at the very beginning of my mission with Sister Cheng and this young woman was planning to be baptized last October. Well long story short, we lost contact with her over the months and we never really knew what happened to her. We were home for dinner and it was 7:30 pm by the time we were done eating. It was so tempting to just stay home for the rest of the night because the Square was pretty quiet and I had actually been up the entire night before (that’s the next story I want to share) so the assistants had told me that if I wanted to go home and rest, I could. I sat there pondering for a minute, wondering if I should stay home for the rest of the night or go back out. I could tell my companion wanted to call it a night too, so it was even harder to decide to leave the apartment. At the end, I knew that as tired as I was, I needed to go back out, so we did. Well, that night, I was able to get a hold of this investigator of mine from a year ago. Turns out she never ended up getting baptized because of certain things going on in her life. But she told me the biggest reason why she didn’t get baptized was because a family really hurt and offended her. Now, I know that none of us are perfect and we will all make mistakes. But we as members have such a huge influence on those around us. We are their examples and we can either be a good example or a bad example to them. In this girl’s case, she was so hurt by the family that she stopped investigating the Church. Ugh, I miss being able to see my investigators face to face (like outbound) ’cause I just wanted to give her a huge hug but couldn’t. I asked her if she still believed if this church was true and she said that her faith was really shaken and she didn’t know. But then she said, “But I have thought about it every single day since I stopped meeting with missionaries.” That really made me so sad because I know that she would have accepted this gospel but at the same time, it gives me hope. She has had a hard trial but I trust that Heavenly Father has a plan for every one of us. But I just wanted to share this story because I want to remind you guys how much of an influence you have!
The last story I want to share…well, the mission got flu shots this last week. Of course I almost had a heart attack getting the shot but I’m still alive. But unfortunately, one of my roommates had a severe reaction to it. On Friday night, her companion woke us up at around 11:30 pm. Sister Lytle was shaking so badly in her bed that at first we thought she was having a seizure. No one else drives so I quickly got dressed, just in case we had to drive to the hospital. She started having a really high fever and long story short, she got a really bad case of the flu. I spent the rest of the night and half of the next morning trying to get her fever down and taking care of her. When she was doing better, it was already Saturday afternoon, so I left and went to the Square. I was exhausted and that’s why I felt so tempted to stay home for the rest of the night on Saturday but hey, sacrifice brings blessings. Also, I swear, this mission is seriously preparing me for motherhood. Scary thought.
Alright, my time is up. Next week will be my last transfer of my whole mission! YIKES.
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 10月 20日，星期一
這個禮拜過得非常快！因為我現在是一個地帶領袖，所以我有時會有機會 “通過” 在我們地帶裡面新來的姊妹。我的意思就是，我和我的同伴假裝我們不是傳教士，然後那些新來的姊妹和她們的訓練者會連絡我們而帶我們去參觀聖殿廣場。其實，這就是好像一個考試一樣。在我們地帶裡面，我們只有兩個新來的姊妹，但我還是很高興能夠假裝我是一個遊客。在這樣的情況下，我才能瞭解那些來到這邊的遊客和他們的想法。我也更加地發現到，我們這些傳教士真的需要聽從我們所得到的靈感。當我們帶遊客參觀聖殿廣場時，我們並不認識他們！我們所帶的團體平常都會包括很多不一樣的人，而且他們都會有不同的需求。天父確實認識祂的每個孩子，所以祂完全知道他們所需要的事情。我們這些傳教士真的需要更加地學習如何跟天父溝通。學習如何聆聽聖靈真的是好像學習新的語言一般。聆聽聖靈的提示並不是很簡單。但我覺得在傳教時，能夠聽到聖靈的提示比較容易，特別是因為我們這些的傳教士沒有很多讓我們分心的事情。不過，我真的知道只要我們接受洗禮而加入耶穌基督真實的教會，神已經答應我們這點，也就是我們都能夠一直有祂的靈與我們存在！不管我們是不是全時間的傳教士，這個應許是我們天父給我們每個人的。每個成員都需要努力的過一個配稱的生活，這樣子我們才能有聖靈和我們同在。這個真的是神所給我們的一個非常大的祝福。